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The Afghan National Police protecting demonstrators from the Taliban


Police keeping the peace during a deomnstration in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Police keeping the peace during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011).

Demonstrations happen on a regular basis in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, because they are still building their country and their government. It is actually a welcome sight because they are fighting for democracy.

I managed to witness a protest where opposition politicians and their supporters protested in front of the president’s office because they felt several members of parliament were illegally voted into offie and demanded for their sacking.

The photo above is of the Afghan National Police assisting the demonstrators and keeping them safe from the traffic and, of course, from any terrorist attacks (ie: the Taliban).

I even recorded the demonstration on video and interviewed several protestors and members of parliament.

 

Own a limited print of the photo above, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for supporting independent journalism!

A short film about Skateistan and Afghan skateboarder, Merza Muhammadi


Merza Muhammadi, one of the best skateboarders in Afghanistan and an instructor at Skateistan.
Merza Muhammadi, one of the best skateboarders in Afghanistan and an instructor at Skateistan. (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

Skateistan is an NGO started by Australian skateboarder, Oliver Percovich, in Kabul, Afghanistan back in 2007. The objective of the organisation is to engage youth is a positive manner.

I managed to meet up with Percovich when I was in Kabul and he brought me on a tour of the facilities and introduced me to Merza Muhammadi, one of the trainers.

Muhammadi was working on the streets when Percovich met him and took him in. Now, he’s one of the best skateboarders in the country and helping to teach other youth.

Check out the video of Skateistan I shot below.

 

Own a limited print of Merza Muhammadi, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for supporting independent journalism!

Come visit the Fat Bidin booth at Art For Grabs (6th & 7th June, Jaya One)!


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So I’m all prepared for this weekend’s Art For Grabs! I’ve got all the books (The Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan)  in stock. And ten limited edition photo prints which I took while in Afghanistan.

And I’m planning to give some special offers if you come meet me in person and chat me up at the Fat Bidin booth!!

Venue: The School, Jaya One.
Date: 6th and 7th June 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 12pm to 8pm
Check out the Art For Grabs Facebook page.

P/S: My partner in crime illustrator, Arif Rafhan Othman (aka Apan), will also be there selling his artwork. He and I will be doing some superhero activity too!

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Not one, but two, limited photo prints of the last Jew in Afghanistan!


Today is a lucky day for all you Fat Bidin fans out there! Every Wednesdays, I offer up one limited photo print for sale. But today, and only today, I am offering TWO limited photo prints for sale!

Zebolon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old jewish scripture.
Zebolon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old jewish scripture in his synagogue.

The picture above is of Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan. You heard me right. He is the last surviving Jew in the entire country of Afghanistan. Everyone of his people have left, including his wife and children (who have fled to Israel).

But Simantov refuses to leave because “Afghanistan is my country! I am Afghan!”

I managed to track him down in Kabul and he agreed to give me an interview and to show me around his house and synagogue (after haggling for the right price!). You can watch the video below.

Although he seems to be a little tight financially, his life looks pretty happy and content. He definitely knows where his home is.

Zebolon Simantov with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.
Zebolon Simantov , the last Jew in Afghanistan, with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.

Own a limited print of either one of the pictures above, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

1. Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old Jewish scripture in his synagogue.

or

2. Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.

A limited photo print of the Malaysian military helping local Afghan villagers


Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works.
Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

The Malaysian military team who were in Afghanistan (MALCON ISAF 2) were on a humanitarian mission rather than a combat one. They helped to build water filtering systems, consult and advise the Afghan Ministry of Health on combating diseases and organising traveling clinics. Of course, there were a small group of Special Forces who were there as security detail.

That picture above is of Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen (now Left. Colonel) demonstrating to the locals in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, how a water filtering system works to eliminate the risk of getting sick from drinking well water.

Here is also a video story shot on that exact day it happened.

If you would like to own the picture for your wall, today is your lucky day! Get a limited print of the picture all nicely framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.